OTHER GREAT SOUTH PENNINES STUFF TO DO IN 2014
If our Festival has given you a taster of our diverse and distinctive South Pennines area - why not stick around and and enjoy one of the other local events taking place. Click on the links below to find out more.
Festival Bowland events in the Forest of Bowland run throughout the summer months with loads of walks and wildlife watching days out. Choose the event for you, you'll be spoilt for choice.
Hepworth Feast and Plague Commemoration on 24th June 2013 marks the end of the plague in 1665 in this small Yorkshire village near Holmfirth with a walk, band and market stalls
Oxenhope Straw Race is an annual charity fundraising event taking place on 7th July 2013 at Oxenhope near Haworth - teams of two people run two and a half miles between two pubs carrying a bale of straw, cheered on by spectators. They have to stop at set points along the way to drink a pint of beer . . . . .
Pontefract Liquorice Festival on 14th July - as well as the expected edibles and drinks made from the roots, there are street entertainers, activities for children, history talks and stalls.
Rochdale Canal Festival 2013 celebrating the South Pennine Canal Ring. From 27th July to 4th August there is a week of canal events and there are other events happening between April and December 2013.
Hebden Bridge Vintage Car Weekend 3rd and 4th August 2013. A fun day out for all the family with lots for everyone to enjoy. As well as a fabulous display of vintage, veteran and classic cars, motorcycles, commercials, kit & replica cars..... and lots more, there are craft, auto jumble and produce stalls, a wide range of on site catering, entertainment for children and live music from a jazz band. The Show attracts up to 600 vehicles, covering the history of British motoring.
The Nook Brewhouse Beer Festival 23rd to 25th August 2013 in Holmfirth showcases some of the area's finest ales produced in the summer wine countryside!
Saddleworth Rushcart Procession 24th and 25th August 2013 takes place in the Saddleworth villages and ends at St Chad's Church, Uppermill on Bank Holiday Sunday.
World Gravy Wrestling Championship on 26th August 2013 takes place in Stacksteads in Lancashire and involves wrestling in a sixteen foot pool of gravy - what not to like!
Pendle Walking Festival 1st to 8th September 2013 in East Lancashire takes in some fantastic scenery on guided walks
Norland Scarecrow Festival 6th - 9th September 2013. Discover unexpected artworks in gardens and fields around Norland in Calderdale
Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival on 7th and 8th September 2013 is a curious local tradition which results in huge blisters and the need for beer
Whitworth Rushcart Celebration is the only such festival that uses heather rather than rushes on the Cart. The procession forms part of an afternoon event including morris dancing, Shire horses, Whitworth Vale and Healey Brass Band, face-painting, crafts, food and drink . . .
World Black Pudding Throwing Championship on 8th September 2013 in Ramsbottom, Lancashire. Puddings for consumption can also be purchased.
Heritage Open Days 12th to 15th September 2013 : a chance to visit unusual sites and buildings not usually open to the public
Brighouse Arts Festival on 16th to 21st September 2013 for visual arts, dance, drama and music set in the market town of Brighouse.
Rural Rossendale Foodie Walking Festival from 4th to 6th October includes events such as the Cheese Breeze and the Soup Loop - visit the website for full programme and booking details
Ilkley Literature Festival is an annual event taking place between 4th and 20th October 2013 in Ilkley. Updates are available on their Facebook page.